Aquarium Animal Guide

The Tennessee Aquarium is home to the most diverse gathering of freshwater animals in the country.

Our staff loves to immerse visitors in stories of life above, around and within our watershed while guests are exploring the Aquarium's two buildings. Inside the River Journey building, visitors are delighted by feisty river otters, colorful frogs, amazing turtles and freshwater fish species such as beautiful trout, giant catfish and prehistoric-looking sturgeon. While exploring Ocean Journey, guests come face to face with big, toothy sharks, beautiful butterflies, playful penguins, mesmerizing jellyfish and thousands of colorful reef fish. 

Amphibians

Aquarium visitors will be surprised to learn how incredibly diverse amphibians are in shape, size and color.

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Birds

Overhead and underwater, visitors may be surprised by the wide variety of bird species found throughout both Aquarium buildings.

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Fish

The Tennessee Aquarium is home to a richly diverse collection of the world’s most fascinating aquatic species.

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Invertebrates

Invertebrates are some of the most unusual and surprisingly intelligent aquatic animals in the world.

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Mammals

You'll enjoy meeting marvelous mammals during your visit - from feisty North American River Otters to a chubby Woodchuck.

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Plants

Our walk-through living forests help transport guests to a mountain cove, delta swamp and tropical rainforest.

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Reptiles

The Tennessee Aquarium is home to more turtle species than any other U.S. zoo or aquarium.

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Butterflies

Travel to a tropical paradise inside the Aquarium’s Butterfly Garden.

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